Simancas: June 1597

Pages 645-646

Calendar of State Papers, Spain (Simancas), Volume 4, 1587-1603. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1899.

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June 1597

15 June.
Latin. Estado, 839.
664. Macwilliam Burke to Philip II.
Acknowledges receipt of letter of 14th August 1596. Regrets that circumstances have prevented him from doing signal service in proof of his loyalty, but they are all still firm in their determination to stand by the Catholic faith and his Catholic Majesty.— Maine, 15th June 1597.
(A marginal note directs that this is to be answered, "encouraging them with generalities.")
665. Macwilliam Burke to Philip II.
The bearer of this, Thomas Lalio, who has been an eyewitness of all the tragedy, will bear testimony to the writer's steadfastness and loyalty to the faith and his Majesty. Bespeaks credence for Lalio, who will be vouched for also by the Irish bishops in Spain.—Maine, 15th June 1597.
666. Summary of letter of same date as the above from Macwilliam Burke to the Prince (afterwards Philip III.). (fn. 1)
Wishes he were worthy to offer himself and his services to his Highness, but when Ireland is pacified, he can promise to do much in England, under the protection of his Majesty. He prays the Prince to intercede with his father to aid this afflicted land, in accordance with the proposals which will be conveyed by Thomas Lalio. The latter is a very trustworthy man, who has done much against the English. Excuses his importunity, as the times are such that if help be not sent this year it will be much more difficult and costly in future.—Maine, 15th June 1597.


  • 1. The original of this letter is not in the archives. The summary is in the hand of Idiaquez.